Serra dos Órgãos National Park

Lying near the town of Teresópolis, one and a half hours from Rio de Janeiro, this national park is famous for the bizarre shapes of its mountains. Its spectacular geological formations like the 5,500 ft high Dedo de Deus (Godís Finger) and the 3,200 ft Garrafão are most impressive and easy access from Rio and an extensive trail system make this an exceptional birding destination.

Serra dos Órgãos National Park

The famous Pedra do Sino trail runs through primary Atlantic Forest from 3,800 ft to almost 7,000 ft. Birds such as Rufous-tailed Antbird, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Hooded Berryeater and Brassy-breasted Tanager can easily be seen along the first four miles of the trail through bromeliads, arboreal cactuses, orchids and hundreds of huge trees which overhang the trail.

This park is the home of the rare Kinglet Calyptura, one of the smallest cotingas, which was rediscovered by Ricardo Parrini in 1996 in the Garrafão after being considered by many ornithologists to be extinct, having not been seen since the end of the nineteenth century.

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